From November 2014 to May 2015 I sculpted, bodypainted and photographed 60 models–including myself!– into the 12 symbols of the zodiac. My inspiration for this series was influenced by my deep appreciation for art history. I was examining sculptors and painters from the Italian Renaissance and was struck by the sizable presence that astrology has in the art work, and in turn European culture at large. Also, in a contemporary world, astrology continues to gain traction in pop culture, movies and literature. I view this work as my way to examine the impact of astrology in a current world in a modern aesthetic, while maintaining the sensibilities, skills and stories of crucial works of art from thousands of years before me.
While creating this series in San Francisco and New York City I found myself in the center of the incredible challenge and remarkable experience of acting as a performance artist, photographer and bodypainter. After finding my models (which consist of performance artists, actors, yogis, contortionists, dancers, circus performers and aerialists) I spent anywhere between two to nine hours positioning and painting them with non-toxic, water based bodypaint and airbrush paint. Once painting is complete we being the intricate process of repositioning everyone until just right and I take the final photo. Each painting I make only exists for a few spirited moments before the models are out of place and are on their way home on the subway, covered in paint, with only an image on a camera and a small amount of video footage to document what we created.